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James Bond move over Diefenbunker spy camp teaches kids espionage tricks. In the front row, from left, are Jacob Quenville, Bruce Scott, Max Marinho, Sarah Plante and Eric Marinho. In the back row are Alessio Arlotta, Will Barber, Albert Plante, Dante Arlotta, Lucas Patey, Janelle Perkovic, Hannah Mackay and Jesse Collins.
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EMC news – West Carleton Secondary School has fared quite well on its report card. The secondary school Fraser Institute rankings are in and WCSS in
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â€œI didnâ€™t need a Fraser Institute ranking to know West Carleton Secondary School is doing well,â€? said Lynn Scott, local public board trustee for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. â€œIt has been such a good place. Students are doing well on EQAO testing, which says something about the schools that are feeding into Grade 9.â€? WCSS has a first rate staff, said Scott, one of the main reasons the school is so successful. â€œAnd the students are pretty good, too,â€? said Scott. A district review completed about a year ago indicated the school was very much on the right track. â€œAn awful lot of best practices were very evident at the school,â€? said Scott. Itâ€™s not just in academics that WCSS students excel, she added. â€œItâ€™s important to look at all aspects of a school,â€? said Scott. To get the full picture of a school, the best thing to do is speak to a parent whose child attends, she said. The report card also includes important information about each schoolâ€™s make-up, including parentsâ€™
average income, the percentage of ESL students, and the percentage of special needs students. The complete results for all 725 secondary schools are available at http://ontario.compareschoolrankings.org/secondary/SchoolsByRankLocationName.aspx Ranked first was London Central in the City of London. Nearby St. Josephâ€™s Catholic High School in Renfrew tied for third ranked school with Colonel By in Gloucester. ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
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Family farms suffering under Conservatives: NDP Farms growing but still family owned, counters deputy mininster Pierre Lemieux eastern compatriots in need. The high cost of transportation was offset by the recipient farmers, various donators and the government. â€œWe put in place a dollar per dollar matching grant to EMC news - Family farms are not getting the support they deserve from help farming to raise money to help farmers to be able to the Conservative government, accord- feed their cattle and we (help) pay for transportation as well,â€? he added. ing NDP MP Mathieu Ravignat. â€œThere needs to be a clear dedication from the government to protect SLOW TO REACT: RAVIGNAT this industry and protect the community aspect that we have,â€? said the It took the government a long time to react to the situamember for Pontiac. tion, said Ravignat. According to Statistic Canada, â€œThere are hardly any programs in place to support fam22,000 family farms have been lost ily farms,â€? he said. since 2006. Interest rates are at least triple compared to a typical â€œWhat we see here is a trend in the home mortgage. Conservative government to ignore â€œThe banks are risks averse and it makes it very diffamily farms and to perhaps support ficult for family farms to grow but also to change,â€? said larger industrial farms, particularly Ravignat. from the west,â€? he said. He believes that the government should help put legisPierre Lemieux, the Parliamentary lation in place to give family farms access to reasonable Secretary to the Minister of Agricul- costs. ture and Conservative MP for the ridIn order to remain competitive, farms need to be innoing of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, vative and discover new ways of raising cattle or growing disagrees. crops. â€œWhatâ€™s happening is that agriculâ€œA lot of our farms are innovative, but there is no supture is doing very well right now and port coming from the federal government,â€? said Ravignat. farmers want to expand their operaThe government should also support farmers when they tion,â€? he said. â€œSo they are buying the chose to take a new direction, he added. farms beside them. The Conservatives created a new program in Decemâ€œThey are still family farmers, just ber called Growing Forward 2 that may help attain certain bigger family farms,â€? he added. goals. The net cash income for Canaâ€œWe are talking about investments of about $3 billion in dian farmers increased 14 per cent in science and innovation and in opening international mar2012. kets,â€? said Lemieux. The average total income is Both the Conservative and NDP MPs said attracting $127,000 and the average network per more young people to the industry is the future of farmfarm is $1.8 million. ing. He believes that farmers do better â€œIf not we are going to loose a significant part of our when there is a bigger market to sell economy,â€? said Ravignat. their products. â€œTo give our farmers an advantage, we want to put forward a free trade agreement so that their stuff doesnâ€™t get taxed right at the far end as it is going into this other country,â€? said Lemieux. The NDP prefers a more protective approach. â€œFamily farms are particularly a mainstay of our community and itâ€™s Our services for the whole family important to make the point that they are part of our heritage and we have to $IJMESFO'BNJMZ%FOUJTUSZ do more to support them,â€? said Ravignat. 0SUIPEPOUJD#SBDFT*OWJTBMJHO5SFBUNFOU The 2012 drought has been a point $PTNFUJD%FOUJTUSZ of contention for farmers across Ontario and the Pontiac. *NQMBOU DPNQMFUFQBSUJBMEFOUVSF â€œAlthough the drought affected many, many regions of Ontario early FREE CLEANING in the summer when the harvest came with new patient exams in not that many regions were adCall for details. versely affected in a dramatic way,â€? Lemieux said. Other ridings such as Renfrewâ€“ Brookside Dental Centre Nipissingâ€“Pembroke have not recov613-592-1028 ered as well, but funding though Agrecovery and HayEast 2012 has been www.BrooksideDentistry.ca provided, he said. 854 March Rd, Kanata (beside new Sobeys) HayEast was initiated by the Men.PO$MPTFEr5VF'SJBNQNr4BUBNQN nonite Disaster Service. Extended Hours: Wed: 11:00am to 8:00pm Farmers from the West and Southern Ontario gathered several thousands bales of hay to send to their Patricia Leboeuf
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St-Paddyâ€™s at the West Carleton legion
Left: West Carleton Legion bar manager and immediate past president Frances Gentile greets guests to Sundayâ€™s celebration.
Legion first-vice and entertainment manager Arleen Morrow peels some carrots for the scrumptious Irish-Canadian stew served at the West Carleton Legion.
Forever Friends from Stittsville returned to the West Carleton Legion Sunday afternoon to lead hours of Irish song through Karaoke. Among the revellers are, from left, front row, Brendan Robertson, Isabelle Robertson, May Smyth and Sharon Lahaise; and back row, Geoff Lahaise, Jim Smyth, James Robertson and Chuck Colford.
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New faces at Carp co-op nursery school Sherry Haaima Sherry.firstname.lastname@example.org
EMC lifestyle – It’s a new era for Carp Cooperative Nursery School. There have been several changes following the retirement last year of Bobbi Coady, who ran the school for most of the 20 years it’s been in existence. The newest development is the addition of two teachers. Tess MacMillan and Gaby Brune are working together to fill what was once a full-time position for one person. The change has been working well with both teachers pleased with their new roles. “It’s worked perfectly,” said MacMillan. “It’s been a big year for change but we’ve really settled in.”
The school and community are great, said MacMillan. “It’s a lovely school and the parent involvement is fabulous,” she said. Brune agreed and said parents and the community is always quick to support nursery school endeavors. The nursery school is a cooperative, nonprofit, non-denominational school that is administered by an executive committee of parents. The objective is to provide the best possible nursery environment while maintaining affordable fees. Registration for the school’s summer program as well as for the upcoming fall session is ongoing. Visit www.carpcooperativenurseryschool.org or call 613-839-3416 for more information.
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Carp Co-operative Nursery School has seen many changes over the past year. The newest of which involves the addition of two new teachers. Tess MacMillan (left) and Gaby Brune are now part of the school’s team.
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Similar to first-aid training, the ASIST workshop will create simulations of real-life situations. There are only 15 spots available for the handson workshop. March 28 is the deadline to register and those who attend must be available both April 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The training will be held at the Lion Dick Brule Community Centre, 170 Castlefrank Rd. The cost is $180 per person and includes an intervention handbook, certificate and lunch. “It’s a small, intimate workshop,” said McNulty, adding depending on the community response the Haven hopes to host more training sessions in the future. For more information or to register, email email@example.com, and for details on the training, visit livingworks.net.
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Public consultations, a necessity
tâ€™s good news when the city rethinks a process thatâ€™s been around for decades. Until now, the city has come to the public with a proposal and then asked people to react. It leaves residents with the impression that the city has already made up its mind about what it wants to do and is just going through the motions of consulting. Michael Powell from the Dalhousie Community Association has commented that city consultations are â€œlike always being asked what you want on your hot dog, but never what you might like to eat.â€? There is also a sentiment among members of the public that consultations happen too late in the process to make a difference. Residents find out about development applications when the entire thing is already designed and the rezoning proposal has been finessed with city staff behind the scenes. The city really needs to look at not just how it seeks input, but when. There is also value to tapping a diverse selection of people so that the true diversity of public opinion is captured. Too often past community-level consultations, as well as public open houses at city hall, are like
a reunion. The same people come out for everything. Mostly itâ€™s because theyâ€™re engaged and they have time â€“retirees are one example â€“ but itâ€™s also because the processes, mechanisms and jargon are confusing and off-putting for outsiders and people who are new to civic engagement. The city needs to find a way to get all those voices into the process. Formal meetings alone donâ€™t do the job. While on-the-street interviews may not capture opinions of people who have given an issue considerable thought, they are a grassroots way to find out how people who pass by a particular property feel about development plans. It would also be easy to phone people who live near a proposed building site, and then call them back after theyâ€™ve had a chance to consider the plans. To expand the circle of input even further, the city could involve students at local schools. After all, itâ€™s the kids of today who will often have to live with the results of both good and bad planning decisions for decades to come.
New money? Yet another first world problem
Youâ€™re probably familiar with the term â€œfirst world problem.â€? It refers to the kinds of things people living in a privileged country like ours worry about. Not having enough room in the garage for the second car, would be an example. If you look for people with first world problems you find them all around you -- in the letters to the editor, on the phone-in shows, at parties, in politics. There are people whose wifi is too slow, who donâ€™t get enough cable channels, who donâ€™t get a tax break for their private school fees. Canada as a whole is beset with first world problems. Anyone who travels to less privileged countries is always struck by this on returning. You have just come from a place where people are not free and donâ€™t have enough to eat and you pick up the Canadian newspaper and find that our politicians are arguing about the constitution.
CHARLES GORDON Funny Town Thatâ€™s a first world problem. Some places donâ€™t have constitutions. In some places, arguing about the constitution gets you locked up. All of this is by way of introduction to the fact that I donâ€™t like the new money. Those new polymer 50s and 20s are too shiny, not to mention slippery. Mind you, W.L. Mackenzie King, who is on the 50, was pretty slippery himself. They donâ€™t feel like money. They donâ€™t even
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smell like money. There have been questions about the authenticity of the maple leaf. And so on and so on. First world problem: many people in the world would like to have new Canadian 50s and 20s. Still â€Ś you can see right through the new money if you hold it up to the light. Does that seem like money to you, something you can see through? What it seems like is play money. The kids see these shiny pieces of not-exactly-paper lying around that they can see through and they want to play with them. They are more fun to play with than the Canadian Tire money which, by comparison, now seems more like real money. So does Monopoly money, come to think of it. First world problem: Canadian kids play with money. Not too much was heard of all this until fairly recently. Thatâ€™s because the first new plastic -- well, polymer -- bills issued in 2011 were 100s and 50s. The plastic 20 didnâ€™t hit until last November, which is when ordinary people began to notice that the new bills stuck together, didnâ€™t always work in vending machines and smelled wrong. In a related development, a poll reported
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in the Globe and Mail says that the people most likely to be happy with the new money are people with high income and education. Seventy-three per cent of people earning more that $100,000 a year were happy with the new money. And why not? If you had lots of 100s and 50s, youâ€™d be happy too. Somehow your displeasure over bills sticking together would vanish if the bills sticking together were 100s. The Bank of Canadaâ€™s official explanation for the use of shiny money is that it will last longer (not that many of us will have it around long enough to notice) and that it is harder to counterfeit. That, you can understand. Also, the new 20 depicts the Vimy Memorial, which is a worthy thing to do. However, this could have been done without converting everything to plastic. Printing it up on good old paper would have done the trick. (By the way, do you remember when the previous version of the paper bill was introduced? That was 2004. It was durable, had cotton in it, and hard to counterfeit.) More is to come. By the end of the year, new polymer 5s and 10s will be issued. Then the complaining will begin all over again. As Canadians know, itâ€™s tough living in the first world.
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Second Line Road cellphone users at risk: city
Finally, a review of the related bylaws is underway to improve the system for assigning street names for new developments (some of the names of newer streets were approved before amalgamation before consistent and clear criteria was established and it is these names that appear to be discordant with the present bylaws). A report will be presented to city council this fall. Council has also directed staff to come back with a plan to expedite resolving the remaining streets. That report is schedTo the editor: uled for May. Arlene Grégoire I noted the opinion piece in the March 7, 2013 edition Director of Building Code Services on the matter of correcting street name anomalies. I wish City of Ottawa to clarify certain points. Ms. Seymour is correct that 911 is able to locate the caller using a land line, whether or not the caller is able to complete the call. However, this is not the case for cellphones which are of concern given a higher proportion of the calls now coming in from cell phones and the inability to locate the caller should he/she not be able to complete the call. Pierre Poirier, chief security and emergency management of the city, advises that “the ability of cellphone providers to geo-locate cellphones is still rather primitive (not robust or reliable). The issue will not be resolved until there is a location accuracy performance standard which may still be years away. The issue of similar and similar sounding street names remains a public safety concern for first responders. The city’s commitment to resolving this issue is important to our community.” Ms. Seymour is also correct that there are costs involved in changing street names and this is why staff was directed to prioritize the list of streets. The list was whittled down to 110. Costs depend on the number of street name blades and the size of signs. Comparing the Second Line Road renaming to that of Richmond Road in Bells Corners is not an apples-to-apples comparison. The Richmond Road street name change was not part of the 110 but rather a special business identification initiative and additional funding was sought to cover the large overhead highway signs. The cost for changing the street name blades for Second Line Road will be substantially lower and the funding comes from the regular sign replacement program.
Almonte hospital, manor in need To the editor: The mission of the Almonte General Hospital-Fairview Manor Foundation is to provide funds to support the goals and objectives of the Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor/Lanark County Ambulance Service. Close-knit communities such as ours share many values. We believe that caring, generosity and family are not just words. They are the very bricks from which a strong community is built. In 2008, a major expansion
of the Almonte General Hospital (AGH) was completed. The new Fairview Manor, expanded to 112 beds from 100, opened its doors. Our generous community contributed $4 million of the total $29 million cost of the redevelopment of the hospital and manor. The redevelopment of the hospital and the manor has helped us to ensure the future of health care in our community and enabled us to continue to provide a wide range of vital programs and services close to home. See Equipment Page 10
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Let’s talk turkey… wandering suburban streets The Barrhaven rafter or gobble of turkeys is close to 50 in number. Some people are reporting that the birds are not only bold; at certain times of year they are actually aggressive. Residents are sharing their turkey encounters in social media posts. One woman uploaded a video of two turkeys nipping at her heels as she tried to walk down the sidewalk. Some seniors have noted they are now afraid to go outside for fear of being attacked by the wild beasts. Experts say it is not aggression, really, but hunger or ardour that has these turkeys approaching humans. Springtime makes them a little crazy anyway, as it marks the beginning of mating season. And it’s only natural they would want to have a few good meals before all that dancing begins. Then of course there is also the habit they have formed, as their initial presence in the suburbs was likely met with a warm welcome and numerous offerings of treats. When they see people, they think food. We have it and they want it. There are close to 70,000 wild turkeys in the province of Ontario now. It is legal to hunt them but many hunters say the season is too short, complicated and expensive to be worthwhile. The hunt took only 8,000 turkeys out of the population last year. The Ministry of Natural Resources will relocate wildlife that ventures too far into civilization, but they will only move them one kilometre from where they were found. This isn’t quite far enough for the people of Barrhaven. Now that winter is ending and birds are better able to fend for themselves, homeowners are being advised to stop ﬁlling their birdfeeders. If they are empty, the turkeys aren’t going to hang around. The other obvious advice is to only put garbage outside on garbage day, and to ensure it is in a
DIANA FISHER Accidental Farmwife EMC lifestyle - A few years ago we had a group of wild turkeys living in the bush next to our pasture. Every day we saw them hurrying across the ﬁeld, in a line along the stone fence. I once counted 40 of them. They never ventured near the house, because we have dogs and other animals that would scare them away. When the neighbours dismantled their corn crib, the turkeys left. We still see a handful of them scurrying across the bottom ﬁeld once in a while, and sometimes you can watch toms competing in a grand mating dance for the ladies. The turkeys are not fazed by the sheep and they will mingle in the midst of the herd, right next to the donkey and horse. That particular brand of turkey boldness is what is freaking out the people of Barrhaven right now. Turkeys are strutting across intersections, down sidewalks, into back yards and up to store fronts, in search of food. The problem, say wildlife experts from the wild bird care centre, is that houses are going up very quickly in areas that were once forested. The turkeys are attracted by the easy access to food in the suburbs: fast food restaurants with outdoor garbage cans, and overﬂowing bird feeders in every backyard garden.
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container with a tight-ﬁtting lid. When I lived in Barrhaven I left a smelly bag of shrimp shells on my back porch, much to the delight of the entire family of Mr. and Mrs. Raccoon and their friends, the Skunks. As seasons change, the turkeys may move farther into the evergreen forest, away from civilization. If they persist in the suburbs, MNR may have to consider relaxing their relocation protocol and hunting regulations. Part
of the appeal of living close to the city while surrounded by countryside is the occasional glimpse of deer, coyotes or other wildlife. But when the critters are waiting on your front step for you to head out to the bus stop in the morning, you don’t call them a rafter of turkeys anymore: they’re a gang. To read the episodes you’ve missed, visit www.theaccidentalfarmwife.blogspot.com. Email Diana at: dianaﬁsher1@gmail.com.
More equipment number one priority for manor and hospital Continued from Page 10
This extensive expansion and modernization has provided great potential for new and enhanced levels of service. Maintaining the highest level of care is difﬁcult. Many challenges lie ahead; ﬁnancial pressures, in a changing environment, and new medical developments happening at an ever increasing pace are only three examples. These challenges are transforming the way health care is provided. The government provides funding for operating costs and buildings and asks communities to fund medical and other equipment. We have a new redeveloped hospital and to remain on the leading edge we need new equipment to replace aging equipment and to ensure we stay up to date. Thanks to the support of our general donors we are making progress, but we continue to raise funds for essential medical equipment for the operating room, emergency department, obstetrics unit, medical/surgical unit and Fairview Manor. During our recent Christmas campaign, more than $70,000 was raised for a new van for Fairview Manor that will enable 112 residents the freedom and independence to get out and run errands and enjoy events in the community. In 2011-12 generous donors provided $220,000
for ergonomic, state-of-the-art sterilization equipment to keep our patients, residents and employees safe. Eight pieces of medical equipment were purchased with the proceeds of the 2012 Hospital Summer Golf Classic that raised more than $100,000. The redevelopment is complete, but the need continues. A new Capital Equipment List of priority one equipment will soon be available and with the tremendous support of our donors, we will continue to provide the necessary funds for the hospital. On behalf of the patients and residents who beneﬁt daily from the equipment purchased with generous donations, we thank donors for the past, present and future support. Together, we can make a difference to the patients we serve. To discover how you can make a difference, please contact Gerry Huddleston, executive director, Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor Foundation at 613-256-2514 ext. 2297 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Al Lunney Fundraising committee chair Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor Foundation
Evita Roche is convening an initial organizing meeting for a new support group. Possible content for future meetings: legal information, emotional support, practical tips, storytelling, divorce coaching, separation rituals, videos, etc.
The second annual Bust a Move Ottawa held at the Ottawa Athletic Club was a huge success thanks to the amazing Leadership Team, sponsors, participants, volunteers and donors. Together we are improving cancer care in our community one lunge, shimmy and step at a time!
When: Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 pm Where: Downtown Ottawa (precise location to be sent to all registrants)
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Dinner will be provided. Bring your ideas! This initial meeting is free, but registration is required. Contact Evita at email@example.com
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Evita Roche was Canada’s first full-time lawyer-mediator. Since 1979, she has helped over 5,000 couples mediate the issues arising from their separation. In the 1990’s Evita was a Professor of family law and mediation at the University of Ottawa Law School, where she received the first Excellence in Teaching Award. Her private practice is restricted to separation and divorce mediation, and she frequently delivers seminars on subjects related to family law.
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An unusual chickadee in Algonquin Park
EMC lifestyle - Recently I spent two glorious days in Algonquin Park helping former Chief Park Naturalist Dan Strickland find Gray Jay nests. Dan has studied these northern birds for more than 40 years. Gray Jays live on stored food all winter, so they nest early to store enough for that season. We found a few females already sitting on eggs and I found an unfinished nest in a spindly Black Spruce. One never goes to Algonquin without encountering northern animals. During my visit I also met two Eastern Wolves, a Pine Marten, an Otter, a Beaver, a Great Gray Owl, a Blackbacked Woodpecker, and several Boreal Chickadees. I also encountered an unusual chickadee. However, it was not unusual because of what kind of chickadee it was. There are only two species in eastern Canada: the Boreal Chickadee whose Algonquin population constitutes the most southern in
This chickadeeâ€™s odd appearance is due to a genetic mutation called leucism. True albino birds seldom live long for their eyesight is so poor that they cannot forage or avoid predators adequately. If you see a white robin or hummingbird year after year, odds are high it is due to leucism, not albinism. Aberrant plumages are not only caused by genetic mutations; sometimes, as in Flamingos, diet can be involved. Regardless of how they arise, strange appearances certainly give us something to puzzle over. And in some cases, even argue over! The Macnamara Field Naturalistsâ€™ Club (www.mfnc.ca) meets the first Tuesday of each month. The Nature Number is 613-387-2503; email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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